‘On Blue Monday I’m zooming into the blue light’

It’s coming again: Blue Monday. Monday, January 17, would be the most depressing day of 2022, according to British psychologist Cliff Arnall. The holidays are then behind us, it is still dark and gray outside, and we have already thrown our good intentions overboard. I actually think it would be nice to have such a depressed day at the beginning of the year, because then the rest can only be better after that. But alas, it’s all nonsense. Arnall turned out to have sold his soul to the devil: an advertising agency commissioned by a travel agent that wanted to sell more sun holidays. It cost him his job and his reputation, but nevertheless various media still write about Blue Monday with conviction every year.

Is Monday 17 January not blue at all? Probably, because there is a good chance that we will still work from home en masse. In any case, I already have the first online appointment in the agenda that morning, and there will undoubtedly be more to follow. So another day in the blue light of the screen. After almost two years I am quite used to it, although I still find online meetings a lot more tiring than together on the editorial floor. In the evening I prefer to leave the screens on and find my relaxation in a book, a game or music.

night’s rest

A wise choice according to experts, because the blue light from your smartphone or tablet in the evening disrupts your sleep. In 2019, RIVM published the results of a study among children and young people showing that screen use an hour before going to sleep increases the risk of sleeping problems. The young people who committed this act fell asleep later, slept less and woke up more often during the night. In addition, they were more tired during the day. The complaints decreased when the young people left their screens on as an experiment, or when they put on orange glasses that block the blue light.

Clear story: blue light is disastrous for your night’s sleep. Or not? The researchers themselves had reservations about this conclusion. It also depends on what you’re doing on that screen. It’s harder to fall asleep after a fanatical shooter or a hilarious chat conversation than after an informative podcast. In addition, light, blue or any other color puts a brake on your sleep. It is therefore best to dim all the lights in the evening for some time before you crawl into bed.

Theatrical Finale

Okay, so the blue screen light on Blue Monday puts my mental and physical health in little danger. Fortunately, because I will leave my book that evening and still be found online. Bee The Art of Zoom, the final piece of the journalistic research project I was involved in this year. Together with colleagues, I investigated the influence video calling has on our condition, our performance and our mutual relationships.

During the theatrical finale, four experts will explore the impact of digital togetherness, now and in the future. To be followed by everyone in – how could it be otherwise – a Zoom meeting. And nice and early too, at 7.30, so that I still have enough time to process all the impressions before I cut out the now dimmed light. are you coming too?

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